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    August 19th, 2007

    The Shoebox Project

    The Shoebox Project by Dorkorific and LadyJaida

    NOTE: The Shoebox Project LJ community has been hacked. The link that purportedly points to a “new” archive actually points to a keystroke-logging virus. Until the community has been restored, I’ve pointed the link to a place where you can download Shoebox chapters in PDF format.

    Summary: A multi-media Remus/Sirius extravaganze, with plenty of James, Lily and Peter thrown in to make things extra-fun. Novel Length, Probably over 100,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is… this is the Remus/Sirius fanfic, people. There is no other better, no other more in depth, and no other that is more realistic. If it was canon, this is how it would have been. Dorkorific and LadyJaida never forget that these are teenagers in the 70s to whom the idea of homosexuality is not an entirely comfortable one, and the coming together of Remus and Sirius is achingly slow; at some places, they almost move backwards. But every section of this fic is so fantastically well written — like a huge collection of smaller stories that link together — that it probably wouldn’t matter if Remus and Sirius never figured it out, because there are plenty of other reasons to stay and read this. It is romantic, completely comical, but 100% real and I adore it. The characters are all fantastically written, and each has their own distinctive personality (which is often a difficult thing to find in Marauder fics) and I love it. Love, love, love it. There are notes between friends, diary entires, and dozens of fantastically drawn “photos” of the golden age of the Marauders. I love it.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s addictive. When you start, it’s very difficult not to stop. It’s also still a work in progress, and sometimes there are significant lags in between updates. But it the end it is all worth it, because this is easily one of the top five Marauder fics I have ever read. If you are one of the very, very few people who hasn’t already found this, make some time and get over there and read it for God sakes, in case the internet collapses in on itself and The Shoebox Project disappears forever. Go. NOW.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Best Overall — First Place.

    posted by afterthree

    9 Responses to “The Shoebox Project”

    1. Insanguinare Says:
      August 19th, 2007 at 1:39 pm

      I… am surprised to see that this hadn’t been rec’d yet, Chelle!

      *loves on shoebox*
      *goes to re-read*

    3. admin Says:
      August 19th, 2007 at 10:13 pm

      Well… you see… I…

      …only just read it recently…


    5. Christina Says:
      August 20th, 2007 at 7:31 am

      *shame as well*

      But when I finally did get around to reading it…so lovely…

      *is now legitimately afraid of the internet collapsing on itself*

    7. admin Says:
      August 20th, 2007 at 9:36 am

      Well, then…

      My work here is done. *dusts off hands*

    9. Laurelinde Says:
      September 2nd, 2007 at 8:01 am

      Yeah, I only discovered the wondrousness of sbp recently too. I read it all in one night, and then my internet actually did collapse in on itself! Well not so much internet as laptop in general, but still, go read. Share the shoebox joy.

    11. trulove81 Says:
      December 4th, 2007 at 2:26 pm

      I completely agree with you. Its 100% addictive and so wonderfully written– the drawings, they even do handwriting– it truly is a fabulous fic. I love, love love it too :)

    13. kmt Says:
      January 7th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

      absolutely lovely. this was my first slash fanfic ever. and it definitely didnt dissappoint. in fact, i may be irreversibly addicted to slash fandom. who’d’ve thunk. thanx for the great rec.

    15. kmt Says:
      January 7th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

      btw, any others like this one right here? slash or otherwise..i’m not picky. thanx

    17. Jehnyahl Says:
      February 17th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

      For a while after I’d read this, nothing ever seemed to come close. And the funny thing is, when I started reading, I almost didn’t continue! It’s finished now, I think, and I’m glad that I got to experience the whole thing, unbroken, much as I would have loved to have seen the evolution. It was fantastic. Thanks for providing the link.